Usually, as a bride takes her first steps down the aisle, it's all eyes on her. The guests, wedding party and photographers turn their attention to the back of the room to catch a first glimpse at the bride in all her ethereal glory. But photographer Paul Woo of Wandering Woo Photography caught what may have been an even more priceless moment at one wedding: instead of shooting bride Tearra Suber making her way to the altar, Woo captured the facial expression of her and the groom's son, 6-year-old Bryson, and his heartwarming reaction to seeing his mom as a bride.
In a single shot, Woo photographed teary-eyed Bryson cry as he watched his mother appear for the first time in her wedding dress. Tearra tied the knot back in the fall of 2016, but the photo of Bryson has been making its way around the internet since. The Columbus, Ohio, native shared the sweet photo to her Instagram account around the time of the wedding, writing in a caption, "When your 5 year old son is at the alter looking down, & waiting for his mother as she walks into the arms of his father."
The talented photographer, who has won photography awards such as Junebug Weddings' The Best of the Best Engagement 2017 and Fearless Photographers, explained why he chose to turn away from the bride in that moment and focus on her son.
"Bryson was the son of the bride and the groom. As everyone stood up and waited for the bride to come down the aisle, he started expressing so much emotion," Woo said. "I was solo shooting this wedding, and this moment was difficult because I was secretly bawling behind the camera and had to prioritize this moment over the bride coming down the aisle."
But in case you were worried the bride didn't get her first look photo, fear not—Woo got a snapshot of the bride, too. "Yes, I got both photos," he said, "but I knew this moment was THE moment."